Use this Common Core Standards-based lesson and guide as your students view "Red Dawn" to discuss important issues such as war, rebellion, gun control, survival, etc. Includes handouts for characters, events, and the moral decisions different characters must make in the movie. It also includes a handout to compare it to any piece of literature as a writing assignment. There are so many works it could be used with, such as "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles, Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms", Wilfred Owen's poem "Dulce Est Decorum Est", or "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, just to name a few.
It can also be used in history when discussing relations between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union and Cuba in the 1980s.
See also the lesson for comparing Red Dawn with the novel "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins.
Created by Tracee Orman